Wikipedia defines a hat-trick as: the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. And although blogging isn't a sport, I nonetheless submit that three project posts in three days qualifies. Please go with me here. I once played soccer and dreamt of a hat-trick.
No? Okay, let's go at it this way: this hat morphed mid project from one style to another. Surely a cool trick by any standard. It is made from leftover Cascade Eco yarn. It was originally planned as a beanie for my father for Christmas. But then I found more scrap yarn and decided to stripe it. I loved the stripes but soon suspected it was adding a feminine flavor to the topper. Charlie confirmed this with a firm statement of, "no, your dad will not wear that."
Well, fine. So I decided to shift the shape to incorporate a bit of slouch. I was beyond the point where one traditionally adds increases (the row after the ribbing). Instead, I just switched to larger needles--two sizes up, I believe. Then, when blocking, I encouraged some slouch by drying it over a pie plate.
Here it is. And it's for me.
Ravelry project notes here. I also want to add that I promise to never wear it with this striped Free People henley again. I promise I wasn't going for a no make-up, messy hair, "am I a bag lady or an ironic hipster* vibe"--because I'm 40. I actually lived and liked the 90s. I was just too lazy to change my shirt. And, well, I'm always too lazy to put on make-up or brush my hair.
*not familiar with the term ironic hipster? It's one of those "you know it when you see it" looks. But let's turn to Wikipedia again for a definition, shall we?
Hipsters (also referred to as scenesters) are a subculture of young, recently settled urban middle class adults and older teenagers with musical interests mainly in alternative rock that appeared in the 1990s.
In a Huffington Post article entitled "Who's a Hipster?,"Julia Plevin argues that the "definition of 'hipster' remains opaque to anyone outside this self-proclaiming, highly-selective circle." She claims that the "whole point of hipsters is that they avoid labels and being labeled. However, they all dress the same and act the same and conform in their non-conformity" to an "iconic carefully created sloppy vintage look."